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Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations

Community pressure has pushed the government to commit to a poverty reduction strategy. Now we need community action to ensure that it’s a strong plan with legislated targets and timelines. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.

The BC government is currently asking British Columbian residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan. 

Use our easy email form to send a message to the government consultations.

We’ve put together a guide sharing the key messages and policies to highlight in the consultations. You can also see a summary on our one-page poster.

Check out submissions from BCPRC members the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks and the Kamloops & District Labour Council.

Community Meetings

Community Meetings are going to be scheduled across the province to consult with British Columbian residents about what should be included in the Poverty Reduction Strategy. We will share more details about these community meetings as soon as we have them. You can also visit the government’s site for updates on what they’re doing.

Community meetings for British Columbia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy will kicked off in Victoria on November 27th 2017. More community meetings will be held throughout the province in the coming months.

The government is offering supports to help you participate, including transportation, child care, disability and health supports, as well as secure storage for belongings. If you need supports to participate, you can contact contact Lara Therrien Boulos by phone at 604 718-8504 or email: ltboulos@sparc.bc.ca 

While some times and locations are still being finalized, the confirmed details for upcoming meetings are:

Kamloops:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services, 707 Tranquille Road
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Kelowna:
Date: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, 1380 Bertram St.
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Nanaimo:
Date: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Location: Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Port Alberni:
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Athletic Hall, 3727 Rogers Street (2nd floor)
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Campbell River:
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Location: We Wai Kai Nation – Band Hall, 690 Headstart Crescent
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Richmond:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Location: Richmond Secondary school gymnasium, 7171 Minoru Blvd.
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be served

New West/Burnaby: Monday, Jan. 29
Duncan: Tuesday, Jan. 30
Surrey: Thursday, Feb. 1
Williams Lake:  Friday, Feb. 2
Quesnel:  Saturday, Feb. 3
Cranbrook:  Thursday, Feb. 8
Nelson:  Friday, Feb. 9
Prince George:  Saturday, Feb. 17
North Vancouver: Saturday, Mar. 3
Vancouver – One: Saturday, Mar. 10
Vancouver – Two: Tuesday, Mar. 20
Coquitlam: Saturday, Mar. 17
Fort Nelson: Thursday, Mar 22
Fort St. John: Friday, Mar. 23
Maple Ridge: Monday, Mar 26
Langley: Tuesday, Mar 27
Abbotsford: Wednesday, Mar 28
Chilliwack: Thursday, Mar 29

Do you know groups of people experiencing poverty who can’t attend the community meetings? 

The government is also offering the opportunity for non-profit organizations in BC to apply for support of up to $2500 to host their own small group discussion targeted towards:

1)    specific groups of people experiencing poverty in a variety of circumstances that face barriers to attending community meetings or providing input in other ways (e.g. youth, newcomers, on-reserve) and / or

2)    those living in rural and remote communities that are not included in the over 20 community meetings that are being held across BC.

The funding can be used to cover costs of organizing the session, ensuring participants can attend, and submitting the results to BC’s poverty reduction strategy.    

To apply for funding, please fill out this application form and sending it to povertyreductionsmallgrants@sparc.bc.ca. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 30th at 4:00 p.m.

If you’re not a member of a registered society and would like to help organize a small group discussion, contact us at info@bcpovertyreduction.ca to discuss ways to make it happen.

There are several other ways you can share your thoughts with the government:

Government Feedback Form

You can also use the government’s feedback form here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcpovertyreduction/submit-your-feedback/

By Phone:

Call Enquiry BC and ask for ‘BC Poverty Reduction’

Calls can be made Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time

Victoria       250-387-6121
Vancouver     604-660-2421
Elsewhere in B.C.  1-800-663-7867
Outside B.C.    1-604-660-2421

Via Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD):

Vancouver     604-775-0303

Elsewhere in B.C.  1-800-661-8773

By Fax: 250-387-5775

By EmailBCPovertyReduction@gov.bc.ca

By Mail:

ATTN: BC Poverty Reduction
PO BOX 9929 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9R2